tv Vice President Speaks at Johnson Space Center in Houston Texas CSPAN August 20, 2017 12:52am-1:09am EDT
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>> thank you, robert. governor, senator, congressman smith, congressman and chairman brian babin, to our acting administrator, robert lightfoot, director ellen ochoa, distinguished guests, all the nasa team here at johnson space center. tell you how privileged and honored i feel today to be able to congratulate the newest heros, theerican 2017 class of america's !stronauts [cheering and applause] and women whose personal excellence, whose personal courage will carry our even greater heights of discovery and who i know will ourire our children and
grandchildren every bit as much as your forebearers have done so storied american program. and to this newest class of honor tos, it's my bring the sincere congratulations of the 45th united stateshe of america, president donald trump! [cheering and applause] >> your president is proud of you. so am i. and president trump is firmly committed to nasa's noble mission, leading america in space! [cheering and applause] >> earlier this year, after the signing of the first nasa authorization act in seven years, the president renewed, in
national, our commitment to nasa's mission of exploration and discovery. actually said that we must have, in his words, the look, to look for answers in places that we've toer looked before, and think in new ways. and he said these new discoveries remind us that here in america, anything is possible and theve the courage wisdom to lead. [applause] >> now, for my part, it really lifelong nasahis fan to be standing here at the johnson space center, on my birthday no less. [cheering and applause] >> this the really is a special place. think about it. for more than half a century,
america'sr has guided astronauts in their exploration of the heavens. have managed 211 of america's crude missions into space. every single one, from gemini four in 1965 to the international space station at this very moment. here you've navigated the first members of the human family to the moon, brought the crew of apollo 13 back home safe and sound. even now you walk america's astronauts through their work as us in space.ve you know, i caught space fever small town boy, in a in southern indiana. cherished most memories of my youth were our family gathered around that black and white television, the images of your predecessors, expanding the horizons of human knowledge, american leadership and american courage. as a member of congress, i asked to serve on the science committee on the nasa
subcommittee, mr. chairman. had the privilege, along with my wife karen and our three attend many shuttle launches at the kennedy space center. you know, i have no doubt that my son, who is now a marine aviator himself, was theally inspired to put on uniform and get in the cockpit sat inat one day when we the grandstands when he was 10 years old at the kennedy space awe asand watched with america's heroic astronauts hurled into the heavens. said, at the time, and have thought ever since, that to see a launch, especially night, cape canaveral, it's seeing the earth give birth to a piece of the sun and sending it home. of these men and women and all the astronauts who before inspires me to this very day.
ever338 americans have held the title of american astronaut. while their numbers may be few, their accomplishments have been legion. and the tales of our astronauts thea testament to indomitable spirit of the united states of america. the astronauts of nasa have expanded our horizons and our hopes and inspired not only the theican people but all world with their extraordinary courage and achievements. missions of their endure the mantle of american mercury, gemini, apollo, our space shuttles. of our heroic astronauts have been carved into american. of every john glenn, allen sheppard, the seven, neilmercury armstrong, sally reid, all the took ouromen who nation to the new heights. but it's not just the
astronauts. you 12 know already and you're going to learn a lot more in the days ahead, we couldn't without the dedication of the more than and women of nasa, and the extraordinary who send you to the heavens and bring you home. [cheering and applause] and let me make a promise to all of them into the courageous newly minted heroes on this stage. our administration, this will be true, nasa will have the resources and support you need to continue to make history. to push the boundaries of human knowledge and advance american leadership to the boundless frontier of space. [cheers and applause]
v.p. pence: under president donald trump, america will lead in space once again and the world will marvel. president trump recognizes america needs a coherent, cohesive approach for the last and greatest frontier, and that is why i am especially excited to announce after two decades from when it was disbanded, soon president trump will relaunch the national space council and it will be my great honor as vice president of the united states to chair the new national space council and washington, d.c. [applause]
v.p. pence: america needs a national space council once again. twice before in our nations history, our nation has had a federal body charged with advising the president on space. the first help marshall american american energies and skills during the infancy of our nation's attempts to reach the stars. it was under the council that america put a man on the moon in less than a decade. we will re-energize the pioneering spirit of american space and ensure that america never again loses our lead in space exploration, innovation, and technology. as president trump said in his inaugural address, we will continue to unlock the mysteries of space, but to do so we must reorient our civilian space program toward deep space exploration and provide the capabilities for america to maintain a constant presence in lower orbit and beyond.
the american spirit is as limitless as space itself. bottomless well through increased collaboration with commercial space industry, we can seize opportunities to benefit our nation and people for generations to come. history has been made in these halls, and today we are making history once again. behind me stand 12 minute and women who have already soared to tremendous heights in their careers. you 12 have already distinguished yourself. as the commander just mentioned, more than 18,300 people applied to be members of this 12 member class, smashing the previous record of a dozen applicants set back in 1978. you 12 made it through. you joined the elite. you are the best of us. you carry on your shoulders the hopes and dreams of the american
people and i would imagine that your families, many who are gathered here, feel and almost an almostel inexhaustible pride that you have been chosen to become astronauts. let's give these families another round of applause. [applause] v.p. pence: there is an old saying that if you see a box turtle on a fence post, there's one thing you know for sure, he did not get there on his own. those that are gathered here and those that are looking on have been here to hold you up and bring new to this extraordinary moment in your life. it is amazing to think of what
you all have accomplished that so many millions of americans have dreamed about. they have. and they will keep dreaming about it for generations to come . a flight of fancy for a little boy in columbus, indiana, but for you it became your future. it became your destiny. in years to come, you will depart from this blue marble and take your place among the role of american legends who are broken past the bond of earth. their legacy falls to you and you will follow in their contrails and chart a path to the unknown. as american astronauts, you may yet return our nation to the moon. you may be the first to travel to mars. you may have experiences we can only imagine, those of us who walk on terra firma. as you go forward, be assured the american people stand with you. the countless men and women who
-- men and women behind you stand with you as you don't to space. make no mistake, the path you have chosen is hard but as president john f. kennedy said not far from right here back in 1962, we know you choose to do these things not because they are easy but rather because, in his words, because they are hard. that challenge one you are willing to accept and are unwilling to postpone. and that challenge, as president kennedy said, is one in which we intend to win. let me say that these astronauts and all that are gathered here, we will win. under the leadership of president trump, the united states will usher in a new era of space exploration that will benefit every facet of our national life. it will strengthen our national security and safety of the american people, strengthen the economy as we unlock new opportunities and resources of prosperity. it will strengthen education and
inspire a rising generation of americans to study science, technology, engineering and math. more than anything else, as the president believes with deep conviction, it will strengthen the american spirit as once again we reach out our hands to touch the heavens and raise our heads to gaze with wonder at the stars. and the heroes that have the courage to explore them. you 12 will be part of our vanguard. you are the heroes. you are the patriots, the trail blazers in the best american tradition and i know you are humbled to be among that group. to the 12 members of this class of american astronauts, i say congratulations. you have already captured the respect and admiration of your peers, and as you lift off the launchpad to boldly go, you will capture the imagination of your
nation and the world. and i believe with all of my heart that when you go you will not go alone. for as the psalmist teaches us, if you rise on the wings of the dawn and go up to the heavens, even there his hand will guide you and his right hand will hold you fast. as you again this journey, know that you will be carried by grace and by the prayers of the american people. godspeed to the class of 2017. may god guide and bless you. may god bless nasa and the united states. [cheers and applause] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
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